Monthly Archives: September 2013

US nuclear command shake-up foreshadows possible event

Navy Vice Adm Timothy Giardina was removed from duty on 3 September, a US official said on Saturday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24321395  Admiral Giardina was serving as the deputy in charge of the US Strategic Command, which oversees nuclear assets. He has not been arrested or charged as part of the inquiry, into possible use of counterfeit casino […]

Bahrain gives prison terms to arab spring protesters

A court in Bahrain handed down sentences of between 5 and 15 years in jail for 50 people on Sunday whom the authorities accused of belonging to a protest movement. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/world/middleeast/bahrain-dissidents-said-to-get-prison-sentences.html?ref=world  The court’s action, if it is confirmed, would appear to be part of a widening effort by the authorities to quash protests led by […]

NSA records historical “enrichment” profiles of americans

Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their  traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/us/nsa-examines-social-networks-of-us-citizens.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2 The spy agency began allowing […]

US ex-military lead international band of mercenary assasins

This past spring, the onetime sergeant, Joseph Hunter, 48, and two other former soldiers agreed to murder an undercover agent of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and one of that agency’s confidential informers, both in Liberia, for a total of $800,000, federal prosecutors said on Friday in Manhattan. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/nyregion/former-army-sergeant-became-contract-killer-authorities-say.html?hp&_r=0 The plot had been proposed […]

Wealth redistribution continues to be funneled to sociopaths

Robert Benmosche, the chief executive of the American International Group, said something stupid the other day. And we should be glad, because his comments help highlight an important but rarely discussed cost of extreme income inequality — namely, the rise of a small but powerful group of what can only be called sociopaths.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/27/opinion/krugman-plutocrats-feeling-persecuted.html?src=me&ref=general  Mr. […]

Feinstein leads effort to keep NSA spying on US citizens

The Senate Intelligence Committee appears to be moving toward swift passage of a bill that would “change but preserve” the once-secret National Security Agency program that is keeping logs of every American’s phone calls, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the panel, said Thursday.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/27/us/politics/senators-push-to-preserve-nsa-phone-surveillance.html?ref=us Ms. Feinstein, speaking at a rare public hearing […]

FBI spends $3M for domestic drone deployment

US justice authorities are facing calls for new rules on drone surveillance after it was revealed the FBI has been deploying unmanned aircraft since 2006. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24294857 A report by the Department of Justice’s watchdog said the FBI has spent $3m (£1.9m) on drone deployment. The audit is the first time the full extent of drone […]